Lining a Cake or baking tin with greaseproof paper will prevent the
sides of the cake from sticking to the tin. If the greaseproof paper is
simply placed, unshaped, into the tin it will not sit neatly in the tin
and the result will be a cake with an uneven base and sides. This
article will show you first how to create a circle of greaseproof paper
exactly the right size for any tin.
It will then show you how to form the greaseproof paper correctly for
the sides. Before doing anything, first grease the inside of the cake tin with
margarine, butter or oil. Now follow the illustrated instructions below.
Any of the pictures can be enlarged by clicking on it.
First though we include a video of the entire process.
HOW TO LINE A CAKE TIN
Lining a cake tin with greaseproof paper is a two
part process. First create the base circle. To do this, cut off a strip of greaseproof paper which is an inch or two bigger
than the cake tin. Fold in half, then fold in half again in the
Take the folded edge and fold in half into a triangle shape (see
the picture on the left).
Fold the greaseproof paper once more as shown in the
picture on the right to form a cone shape.
Place the pointed end of the cone of greaseproof
paper in the centre of the upturned cake tin. Cut the other end with
a pair of scissors round the curve of the cake tin.
Unfold the cut greaseproof paper and "voila!" you have a circle of
greaseproof paper which is exactly the size of the base of the cake
To line the sides you will need two pieces of
greaseproof paper of the same size. Cut off a strip of greaseproof
paper which is roughly 2.5cm (1 inch) taller than the side of the
Cut 2.5 cm (1 inch) into the greaseproof paper at 5cm (2
inch) intervals. Click the picture on the left to enlarge it for
Place one piece of greaseproof paper into the cake tin with the cut
edge downwards. The cuts will allow you firm the paper around the
tin with the base and sides laying flat against the tin.
same with the other strip of greaseproof paper to cover all the
sides of the cake tin.
Take the centre piece of greaseproof paper and place
it on the base of the tin. Firm around the sides and base to make
sure all the paper sat firmly in the cake tin. Because the inside of
the cake tin was greased at the start, the paper will stick to the